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by Lisa on Wednesday: Jan 18, 2017

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Currently | September 2016

by Lisa on Wednesday: Sep 07, 2016

Today I’m linking up with The Beth Next Door and Anne in Residence for the September Currently link up.

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Reading… This month, I’m still finishing up one of the books I picked up at the airport on the way to Japan: “Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell. I’ve just been reading a few pages here and there before bed, but it’s a light, fun read and as you would expect, is reminiscent of Sex and the City.

Outside of books, I’m also reading blogs like a crazy person as always.

Trying… to get back into a workout routine. I’ve been having trouble getting back into the swing of things since the wedding, and it’s high time I start making some changes. D and I both signed up for gym memberships recently, and I’m hoping I can kick start my motivation again.

Hoping… for an easy winter. Last winter was actually great because we only had a few significant snowstorms, and it wasn’t terribly cold. Hoping for the same this year!

Decorating… for fall! I’ve never been very into doing much to decorate the house for holidays or seasons, but this year I feel like it’s going to be fun for a change. We took a quick trip to NYC this past weekend and while in the Macy’s on 34th, we found this cute Halloween pop-up shop inside. It was filled with Halloween and fall decorations, and we picked up a few things for the house.

Macy's Herald Square Halloween

Macy's Herald Square Halloween

To-do Listing… I am always to-do listing! Currently, I’m focusing on doing some fall cleaning and organizing around the house, so that is what is occupying much of my home to do list.

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What are you currently to-do listing?

Any book recommendations?

Thinking Out Loud Thursday: Wedding Edition

by Lisa on Thursday: May 19, 2016

It’s been a little while, but I’m back with a roundup of things going on with my wedding, which is now just a little more than a month away! Obviously, wedding planning has been eating into my blogging time, but I wanted to check in for a quick chat.

Thinking Out Loud

  1. I have a confession: I am so over wedding planning. It’s been taking up every minute of my day for so long now, and the stress is getting a bit old. We’re down to the little details now, but wow, I had no idea how stressful making every decision would be.
  2. Last weekend was my hair trial. I had printed out a few ideas ahead of time and ended up really liking one of the up-dos with a few modifications. Then I had to decide what to do with the bridesmaids. Originally I thought I would have my hair stylist do their hair as well, but when she told me how long that would take, it turned out not to be possible. There are only so many hours of wedding prep we will have that day! I am pretty excited about how my hair came out that day though.
  3. After finding out about the amount of time needed for the hair, I decided makeup would have to be a similar scenario. Luckily, my maid of honor’s sister is a makeup artist, so I contacted her this week, and we will be doing a makeup trial soon. I am pretty excited to see what a professional can do with my makeup.
  4. I also had my first dress fitting last week and had a few struggle with the seamstress. I’m not sure if she’s just a harsh person in general or what, but she argued with me and was not listening at all to what I wanted. It was honestly a pretty bad experience, and I left a little upset, though one of the sales associates did step in and had a talk with her at one point. In the end she agreed to what I wanted, so I just hope everything comes together when I go back, even though I’m not looking forward to dealing with her again.
  5. On a brighter note, D and I are both extremely excited about our honeymoon. We’ve made a wish list for our return trip to Tokyo and booked everything we need. I think it will be such a happy moment when we’re finally on the plane there.
  6. We’ll also be making a brief stop back at Tokyo Disney while we’re there since we had such a good time before. Now that we have some experience with Tokyo Disney under our belt, I feel like we’ll be able to get a lot more out of the parks this time.
  7. We have nearly all our RSVPs at this point, but it has been a bit of a struggle to get some people to give us their decisions. I’m sure everyone deals with these stragglers when planning a wedding. Now we’re down to maybe 5 or less who haven’t responded, so I’ll call that a win.
  8. I have bought and returned SO many pairs of shoes in the search for the right pair. I want to be comfortable and not be thinking about how much my feet are hurting, so that is a top priority. I now have 2 possibilities in the house that both seem to work both in how they look and how they feel, so I’m hopeful.

So, that’s what’s been happening! I’m very happy that a lot of the planning craziness is starting to come to an end and pretty soon we’ll be able to have a bit of a break. It’s a very exciting time, and I can’t believe it’s almost here!

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Any upcoming travel plans for the summer?

What was the last place you visited?

Thinking Out Loud

by Lisa on Thursday: Nov 05, 2015

I was planning to do one of my bulletpoint posts today, but then I realized it’s Thinking Out Loud Thursday! I’m joining Amanda’s link up and telling you my thinking out loud thoughts:

Thinking Out Loud

1. If you read my last workout recap, you’ll know that I was having some trouble with my hip. Well the problem has not gone away and as of yesterday is a little bit worse. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I’m doing a lot of resting/heating/icing and taking the week off from workouts and any unnecessary walking (my fitbit is a little upset about this). I suppose I will have to see a doctor if it’s not better by next week.

2. Saturday is wedding dress shopping day! I’m going with my parents and we’re visiting two shops. I’ve been scouring the websites and compiling pictures of dresses I like so that I’m prepared. I’m not sure if I’ll end up making a purchase this weekend, but I’m crossing my fingers!

3. D and I have begun debating where we’re going to go on our honeymoon. Originally we wanted to return to Tokyo, but given that our honeymoon is going to take place at the beginning of July, Japan is not the ideal location (unless you like horrendously oppressive humidity). Now we’re thinking about Italy, which is a place I’ve always wanted to visit. I think wherever we go it will be amazing!

4. On the to-do list for the next month is a massive trip to Home Depot. The biggest thing we need is a new ceiling fan for the office. Ours just stopped working a few months ago, which has left us with no light in there except for a few floor lamps we dragged up from the basement. But we also need to stock up on salt and sand for the driveway for winter and some other random house necessities. It seems like par for the course if you own a house that there is always a running list of things that need to be fixed. Any other homeowners feel that way?

5. Recently, I’ve become obsessed with the wonderful world of vlogging. I’m not vlogging myself, but I’m loving watching some of the channels I’ve found. As we speak, I’m watching some of the older vlogs from Pretty Neat Living, and I’ve also been loving It’s Judy’s Life, Makeup By Tiffany D and Elle and Blair Fowler among others.

6. I can’t believe how fast we’re getting to the end of 2015! The holidays are right around the corner, and so is D’s birthday. It’s a gift extravaganza here once December rolls around.

7. Also since it’s the end of the year, I’ve been reviewing my new year’s resolutions from the beginning of the year. I did accomplish a good amount of things, but certainly not the quantity that I wanted. I’m trying to fit in a few last ones here, but next year a lot will be carried over.

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Tell me something you’re thinking about today!

Disney World Planning Tips – Part 3

by Lisa on Friday: Oct 16, 2015

Make sure you check out the first two parts here:

Part 1

Part 2

To recap, D and I just returned from our 4th trip to Disney World. I realized during this trip that I’ve picked up quite a large amount of information over the years, and I really enjoy the intricacies of planning trips like these. Why not pass on what I’ve learned?

TRANSPORTATION

In all the times I’ve been to Disney World, I’ve never rented a car. If you’re staying on Disney property, there’s really no need for it, though some do enjoy renting a car to have control of their own transportation. These tips are specifically for the situation where you do not rent a car.

First of all, when you arrive at Orlando International Airport, Disney provides a service called the Magic Express, which is a bus that not only picks you up directly from the airport, but the service will also pick up your checked luggage and deliver it to your hotel room! If you’ve signed up for this, they’ll send you specific luggage tags ahead of time, and that means when you get off the plane, you don’t have to wait for your luggage. Even nicer – you don’t have to wrangle giant suitcases from the airport to the hotel.

IMPORTANT TIP: If you do have the Magic Express take care of your luggage, make sure you pack everything you’re going to want to use that day in your checked bag. Usually for me this means anything that I would want to be using at the park that day (a jacket, sunscreen, etc.). Your checked luggage will be delivered directly to your room, but it’s often not until later in the afternoon and you don’t want to have to wait around for it.

Disney bus

The other nice thing about the Magic Express is that the Disney atmosphere starts immediately. On the bus, they show Disney parks informational video,s and you just start getting excited!

Each Disney hotel has its own buses to take you to and from the parks. They go to all 4 of the main parks, plus the water parks and Downtown Disney. Also, some of the deluxe hotels are connected to Magic Kingdom and Epcot by the monorail. And if you’re at one park and you want to park hop to another, there’s always either a bus or monorail to take you from one to another. The transportation system can be a little slow, and there are sometimes long lines if you’re going at peak hours, however, you can’t beat the convenience.

When you’re ready to go back to the airport at the end of the trip, most hotels offer airport check in at your resort. This means that you’re able to get your boarding passes AND check your luggage right at the hotel. This is a free service, and again I can’t tell you how nice it is not to have to wrangle suitcases back and forth. Then, if you’ve reserved it, the Magic Express picks you up for your return trip.

PHOTO PASS/MEMORY MAKER

While in the parks, there will be professional Disney photographers scattered around waiting to take your picture if you so choose. They have professional cameras and will often be at iconic locations such as right in front of Cinderella Castle, in front of the Epcot ball, etc. Also, if you’re interested in getting any pictures with characters, they will be there as well. If you want the option to have these pictures, it’s a good idea to sign up for Photo Pass/Memory Maker.

Now that everything is synced using the Magic Band, your account will have these picture on them instantly. If you go on any rides that take your picture, those pics will also be synced automatically, and I’ve even heard that some of the rides will include a video of your particular ride, though I haven’t experienced this myself yet.

At the end of your trip you can download all of these pictures and do what you want with them!

SOUVENIRS

D and I are big shoppers when we’re on vacation. For that reason, we always try to pack pretty light on our way to a destination so that we can have room to bring back a lot of things. (This was especially important when we went to Japan because we knew we were going to shop a TON there, and we certainly did). Each hotel will have a gift shop, there’s tons of shops in every park, and of course there’s the shopping destination of Downtown Disney. Plenty of opportunities to spend money!

One nice service offered at Disney is when shopping at a park, if you buy some things and don’t feel like carrying them around with you all day, you can either have the purchases delivered to your resort (they usually arrive the next day, so you can’t do this on your last day of the trip), or you can have the bags sent to the customer service area at the entrance of the park to pick up on your way out.

Mickey Pretzel

GENERAL PLANNING TIPS

The parks have slightly different hours every day, so make sure to check the official site or the My Disney Experience app to see which ones might be open slightly earlier or later on any given day. Also, if you’re staying on site, you get to take advantage of extra magic hours, which are hours when only on site guests are allowed at the park and are usually either really early in the morning or late at night.

Make sure you budget time for some of the evening entertainment, such as the Wishes fireworks show at Magic Kingdom, Illuminations at Epcot, Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios and any other seasonal special events that might be happening at the time of your trip.

If you have the room in your budget, I definitely recommend the park hopper tickets. This will allow you to go between the parks as many times as you want in any given day. This is important if you want to hang out in more than one park in a day, even if it’s just to hop somewhere else for dinner (we always end up having MANY dinners in Epcot).

Dumbo ticket

CONCLUSION

A Disney trip is a big expense, but it’s a magical trip, even if you don’t have any children. D and I plan to go back many times in the future, as it’s a special place for the two of us.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts, and if you’re planning a trip, I hope this has given you some valuable information. If you have any questions I haven’t covered, feel free to reach out to me, and I’ll try to point you in the right direction. Happy planning!

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What is your dream vacation destination?